57 Rue De Montbrillant 1202 Geneva, Switzerland   Parish Priest: Fr Paul C Friel

022 733 04 83    office@johnxxiii.ch

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Parish Recollection

Due to the adverse weather conditions throughout Western Europe, we have to postpone Saturday’s (March 3) Recollection. Mgr Hugh travelled to Ireland for a funeral and is stranded, unfortunately, he is not able to be in Genève on Saturday.

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Sacramental Dates

Confirmation classes resume this week. Reception of the sacraments for the children and youth of our catechism programme will take place on the following dates: May 2 & 9 Saturday: First Reconciliation (your child will be allocated a day) May 16 Saturday: First Holy Communion at 10h00 May 16: Sacrament of Confirmation at the 18:30 Mass

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Soup Kitchen

We are blessed to have a wonderful group of parishioners serving the homeless and poor, please consider volunteering and joining the group. · 18 June (Thursday) · 29 August (Saturday) · 8 October ( Thursday) · 11 December (Friday)  Anyone interested in helping out this year in any of the above dates,  kindly contact Desiree Narvaez at  soupkitchen@johnxxiii.ch

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Catechism New Year Appeal

The children of our Religious Education Programme will have a bake sale on Feb 4 (Sun) after the morning Masses. Funds raised will help to provide soap and toothpaste for orphans in East Timor; as well as help pay for tables used for Sunday catechism. Baked goods can be brought to the Bake Sale table on that Sunday morning.

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Marriage Preparation

The next Marriage Preparation Programme will take place on Friday evening, Feb 21 and Saturday, Feb 22, in the Parish House. This is the only course in English in the Geneva area, and completing a marriage preparation course is now a requirement for getting married in the Catholic Church.  Those who are planning to get married within the next 12 months can register here, or call the Parish Office during office hours at 022 733 0483.

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Prayer for Christian Unity

The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan 18-25) is “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power” (Ex. 15:6) "As Christians pray and work together in seeking to bring about Christian Unity, one discovers just how important this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is for our world today." (Fr. T. Orians)

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Youth Group – 20 Jan

This Saturday, 20 January, the John XXIII Youth Group will meet for 18:30 mass and dinner. If you are between the ages of 14 and 18 and would like to join, please just bring yourself! We will be making our own pizzas, so be sure to pack your best culinary skills. Following dinner, we will have a "Lip-sync Battle" for those brave enough to take part. Not sure what this entails? See this clip as an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ajQ-foj2Q Our instagram is @J23Youth. Anyone is welcome to follow. It is updated regularly. Come with your own song choices...or sign up a friend. ;) All are welcome! See you Saturday!

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